Pazz & Jop 2016
44th Annual Village Voice Critics’ Poll
“Pazz & Jop is an annual poll of musical releases compiled by American newspaper The Village Voice. The poll is tabulated from the submitted year-end top ten lists of hundreds of music critics. Pazz & Jop was introduced by The Village Voice in 1974 as an album-only poll, but was expanded to include votes for singles in 1979.”
What the World Needs Now Are Beyonce Bitmojis
By Jaime Lees
Fri, Sep 9, 2016
Not quite two weeks ago, Beyoncé performed a seventeen-minute medley of the content in her truly epic visual album, Lemonade, on the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. And damn. Just damn. Without giving too much away: that part near the beginning where the backup dancers drop under the red lights? Powerful stuff.
Full videos of this iconic performance seem to have vanished from streaming services sometime within the past 24 hours, but we’re told that there are ways around this. (And lots of clips to peep.) It was an astonishing, legendary production. On stage that night Beyoncé delivered what is surely the most monumental awards show performance by an African-American female since Whitney Houston massacred the Billboard awards in 1993.
If you haven’t yet experienced the full Lemonade album, you’re missing out on one of the greatest pop culture moments in recent history. This is not some vapid pop release. Lemonade finds Beyoncé taking on subjects like gender discrimination, racial biases, self discovery, revenge, ambition, forgiveness, money, power, love and a whole hell of a lot of man problems.
Yeah, “Say My Name” was cool. And “Single Ladies” was fun. But this version of Beyoncé is an artist. She slides easily between all of these complicated interwoven topics and presents the whole thing as a cinematic extended music video, complete with stunningly beautiful scenes, explosive accusations and reflective monologues.
In honor of the album and Beyoncé’s performance tomorrow in St. Louis at The Dome at America’s Center (701 Convention Plaza Street, St. Louis; 314-342-5201), we took some of the more memorable lines from Lemonade and made a collection of Beyoncé Bitmojis. (Beymojis, if you will.)
We apologize in advance for not being able to find a suitable representation for the “Hot sauce in my bag / Swag” line, but please enjoy the rest of these Beymojis and then go out and slay today.
– link: Riverfront Times
Beyoncé Knowles has played many roles in her life. From talented child to church choir soloist to the hugely successful Destiny’s Child, the massively talented woman has always been a performer. When she eventually began a solo career, Beyoncé was instantly recognized as a first-name-only powerhouse superstar a la Cher or Madonna. Then she even created “Sasha Fierce,” an alter-ego with a naughty personality — remember Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines? These days, Beyoncé is back to being herself and is known as the talent behind mega hit singles like “Crazy in Love” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” But she’s also a wife to Jay-Z, a mother to insanely fashionable wee one, Blue Ivy, and a rumored Illuminati high priestess. Way fierce.
— By Jaime Lees
link: Riverfront Times